Wonderful Salvation in the Gospel of Luke After He

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					                                Wonderful Salvation in the Gospel of Luke
     After He completed all His words in the hearing of the people, He entered into Capernaum. And a certain
centurion’s slave, who was highly valued by him, was ill and about to die. And when he heard about Jesus, he sent to Him
some elders of the Jews, requesting that He would come and completely heal his slave. And when they came to Jesus, they
entreated Him earnestly, saying, he is worthy of Your granting this to him, for he loves our nation, and he himself built the
synagogue for us. And Jesus went with them. But already, when He was not far from the house, the centurion sent friends,
saying to Him, Lord, do not trouble Yourself, for I am not fit for You to enter under my roof; Therefore, I did not count
even myself worthy to come to You. But speak a word, and let my servant be healed. For I also am a man set under
authority, having soldiers under me. And I say to this one, Go, and he goes, and to another, Come, and he comes; and to
my slave, Do this, and he does it. And when Jesus heard these things, He marveled at him, and turning to the crowd
following Him, He said, I say to you, Not even in Israel have I found such great faith. And when those who had been sent
returned to the house, they fond the slave in good health. And soon afterward He went into a city called Nain, and His
disciples went with Him, as well as a large crowd. And as He came near the gate of the city, behold, one who had died
was being carried out, an only son of his mother, and she was a widow; and a considerable crowd from the city was with
her. And when the Lord saw her, He was moved with compassion for her and said to her, Do not weep. And He came near
and touched the bier, and those carrying it stood still. And He said, Young man, to you I say, Arise. And the dead man sat
up and began to speak. And He gave him to his mother. And fear took hold of all, and they glorified God, saying, A great
prophet has been raised up among us, and, God has visited His people! And this report concerning Him went out in the
whole of Judea and in all the surrounding region (Luke 7:1-17).

                                          GOD’S WAY IN REACHING SINNERS

                   1. By His Divine Authority                              3. By His Seeking to Save the Lost
         In Luke 7:1-10 we see authority and the word of              This account indicates the unique commission of
    authority. The centurion seemed to be saying to the         the Savior, coming to save lost sinners (19:10). He does
    Savior, “Lord, I am not worthy to come to see You or for    not expect fallen man to come up to Him, but He has
    You to come to my house. Yet I know what authority is.      come to seek and to save that which is lost. He left the
    I am under the authority of others, and others are under    Father’s throne above and emptied Himself of all but
    my authority. All I need to do is speak a word to one of    love.
    the soldiers, and he does what I say. I know, Lord, that
    You are the authority in this universe.”                                 4. By the Savior’s Compassion
         How did this Roman centurion, a Gentile, come to            This next case was unique in its misery—the only
    know the Lord’s authority? He loved the Jewish nation       son of a widow was being carried in the coffin. The
    and built a synagogue for the Jews. From this we see that   Savior’s compassion was also unique in His loving
    probably he had some knowledge of the Old Testament.        sympathy. He volunteered, in His tender mercy, His
    Furthermore, he referred to the Savior as Lord. Hence,      power of resurrection to raise the widow’s son from
    he realized that the Savior was the One who has the         death, without being asked to do so.
    genuine authority.                                               Although compassion is close to mercy,
                                                                compassion is deeper, finer, and richer than mercy.
                    2. By Faith in His Word                     Compassion involves a deeply affectionate feeling.
          This centurion represents the believing Gentiles,     Compassion refers to the inward feeling that resides in
    who are saved through faith in the Lord’s word (v. 7).      the one who looks upon wretchedness. This affection
    The Lord Jesus marveled at the centurion’s faith: “And      originates in Christ’s loving essence.
    hearing these things, Jesus marveled at him, and turning
    to the crowd following Him, He said, I tell you, not even                 5. By His resurrection Power
    in Israel have I found such great faith.” The Gentile             Here we see the Savior’s compassion in speaking to
    centurion recognized the authority of the Savior and        the widow and in touching the coffin. When He touched
    realized that His word was a word with healing              the coffin, those who were carrying it stood still. Then
    authority. Thus, he believed not only in the Savior, but    the Lord commanded the dead son of the widow to arise.
    also in His word. He asked the Lord not to come             He was not asked to do these things. But seeing the
    personally, but only to send His word. Today faith still    situation, He initiated the action that caused the dead son
    comes to us through the hearing of the word of Christ       to be raised up. Praise the loving Savior who came to
    (Rom. 10:17).                                               give life to the dead! Jesus said, “I have come that they
                                                                may have life and have it abundantly (John 10:10).”
                                                                                    (Adapted from the Life-Study of Luke.)

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